CANTON - And the winners are…

On Super Bowl Sunday, Doc's Irish Inn in Canton held its third annual chili competition.

Recently, I talked with inn manager Amanda Palmer and she notified me of all the winners.

On the top of the heap was Rose Hamilton of Shunk, who won first place with her mild chili, and received a $40 gift card to the inn.

"This was her first year competing," Amanda said, noting Rose's chili had a sweet-mild taste, "but it still had enough spice that you could tell it was chili. It had a nice consistency, it wasn't too thick or too thin."

Second place went to Mark Elmstrom for his hot chili, and coming in third was Jerry Stone, with his non-traditional chicken chili.

"They were very good," Amanda said of the winning chili entries. She liked the flavor and composition of the winners' chili and she commented that "everyone here said they enjoyed them."

Amanda said they're always looking for new entrants for next year's contest.

Rose told me that she also won at the Sullivan County Fair for her chili - first place, two years in a row.

She felt good about winning, and noted that her chili had a lot of variety: different kinds of beans, garden tomatoes, garden peppers, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, garlic powder, browned beef, taco seasoning, paprika, and "lots of spices."

Rose said that she watches a lot of cooking shows about chili, and cooking chili is an "all day process for me."

She thought the different-colored beans made the chili pretty.

"It kinds of stands out that way," she said.

Rose also liked Elmstrom's chili.

"It had some taste to it," she said. "When you taste it, it should hit you - not necessarily hot, but a good variety of spices."

She is a cook, and cooks at Camp Brule. She also enjoys making lasagna, and her own homemade barbeque sauce.

She thought her chances were good going into the contest.

"That's kind of my thing, my chili."

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